Did you hear?! Team Glitter Guide is competing in this season’s Design Dash contest hosted by La-Z-Boy! Caitlin and Carrie traveled to High Point, North Carolina, to take part in the challenge alongside six other bloggers.
Read on for Carrie’s behind-the-scenes tidbits, plus learn how to vote for our space in the #LZBDesignDash contest. Did we mention that you can enter to win up to $15,000 worth of products for your own room makeover? Details below.
The moment Caitlin and I received the invitation to compete in La-Z-Boy‘s Design Dash was fraught with all kinds of emotions: excitement, nervousness, adrenaline, fear. Could we really pull off an entire room makeover in just a handful of hours? And could we do it all on film, too? Before this experience, I had never designed a space under such tight constraints, but I didn’t hesitate before responding to the invite with a hearty, “YES”!
As most of you already know, La-Z-Boy has been churning out quality, comfortable furniture for more than 89 years, making it a name everyone has come to trust. But, through this experience, Caitlin and I found out that La-Z-Boy goes way beyond those iconic plush recliners that the brand is known for. We made it our goal to prove that this household name is worthy of even the most high-end design dreams.
Sure, we may be biased, but Caitlin and I agree that our finished space demonstrates that in just one glance. When asked during our on-camera interview what my favorite part of the room was, it was easy to point out that it just feels like the type of space that I’d like to pick up and put in my house exactly as is. It’s easy-going, comfortable and oh-so simple to recreate in just about any home!
Of course, the entire jumping off point for our room was the sofa. After perusing La-Z-Boy’s seating options, we ultimately went with the Verve Premier Sofa in “Lilac.” The light pastel color immediately felt on brand for Glitter Guide, and helped balance the natural richness of the velvet texture that we chose.
That said, we still went back and forth on lots of different colors and fabrics before ultimately settling on our pretty pink-purple couch. Everything on the La-Z-Boy website is fully customizable, and there are more than 900 fabrics and leathers to choose from. You can actually see one of the other mood boards we put together during the planning stages on my blog here—don’t you just love the Verve couch in that cool blue ikat?
After settling on our lilac-colored sofa, we started pulling together details from there, using a 2-D mood board to organize our inspiration. Because we didn’t want to distract too much from the touchable luxury of our velvet couch, we ended up choosing mostly neutrals for the rest of the room—things like wood accent pieces, white and gray pillows, stacks of worn coffee table books, knit throw blankets and metallic lighting. Plants and natural textiles helped round out our dream room, and mid-century-style furniture gave the boho-leaning space a classic, tailored edge.
After perusing La-Z-Boy’s seating options, we ultimately went with the Verve Premier Sofa in “Lilac.” The light pastel color immediately felt on brand for Glitter Guide, and helped balance the natural richness of the velvet texture that we chose.
The Design Dash
The first day of the official Design Dash in High Point Market consisted of a literal dash around the two-story La-Z-Boy showroom to gather all of our accessories, accent furniture and light fixtures. We had 50 “Glitter Guide” sticker tags to use, and Caitlin and I quickly slapped every single one of them on our must-have pieces. The following day all eight of us bloggers were set loose in our respective photo studio bays, which were stocked with our sofa and the accessories and pieces of furniture that we had tagged the day before.
Fast-forward several hours and our room was done! The moody, romantic vibe we were going for feels effortless, but it was actually a pretty crazy morning trying to pull it all together. La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries offer free In-Home Design from professional designers who work hard to bring your dream room visions to life, and luckily we were able to experience that service firsthand as we got advice from the trio of designers who were wandering from bay to bay helping out where they could.
We love to create inspiring interiors that speak to our love for bright light and bold color. This sofa is the perfect way to inject a pop of feminine personality into a neutral space, and we love that it’s a little bit unexpected, too!
The Final Space
After all was said and done (including our final on-camera interview—so nerve-racking!), Caitlin and I really feel like our finished room speaks to Team Glitter Guide’s dream living room, and that it’s the perfect realization of the space we imagined from day one. The deconstructed textures against streamlined silhouettes help the space feel livable yet luxurious, and we intentionally chose a slightly off-balance, asymmetrical arrangement to inspire the same lived-in look and flow in your own homes.
Vote For Our Room!
Click “Play” on that video below to get a peek inside our experience in this year’s Design Dash, and don’t forget to hop over to the La-Z-Boy website to vote for our room in the contest! Of course, we so appreciate your support, but there’s something in it for you, too, because one person will win a room valued at up to $15,000! Vote and enter the contest here.